Golf Glance: Star power decends upon Canadian Open

Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

Dustin Johnson
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

LAST TOURNAMENT: Memorial Tournament (Patrick Cantlay)
THIS WEEK: RBC Canadian Open, June 6-9
Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Par 70, 6,967 yards)
Purse: $7.6 million (Winner: $1.368 million)
Defending champion: Dustin Johnson
FedEx Cup leader: Matt Kuchar
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
NOTES: World No. 1 Brooks Koepka will make his first start since winning the PGA Championship. … The last Canadian to win the country’s national championship was Pat Fletcher in 1954. Twelve Canadians are in the field. … The event moves from July to June for the first time since 1989. … Scott Piercy (263 in 2012) holds the tournament scoring record at Hamilton G&CC, which first hosted the event 100 years ago. … World No. 4 Rory McIlroy and No. 6 Justin Thomas are making their tournament debuts. … Johnson seeks to become the seventh player to successfully defend an RBC Canadian Open title.
BEST BETS: Johnson (11/2 by Sportsbook.ag) is known for his distance, but it’s his improved iron play that has transformed D.J. into a consistent weekly threat. He should have plenty of short irons in his hands this week with Hamilton playing under 7,000 yards. … Koepka (6/1) is a four-time major winner, but wants to build his non-major resume as he enters with a modest six career PGA Tour victories. … Shane Lowry (40/1) is a momentum pick based on a T3 at the PBC Heritage and a T8 at the PGA Championship in his past two starts. The Irishman also won earlier this year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. … Corey Conners (80/1) is a longshot to break the 65-year Canadian drought in the event, but the Ontario native is a feel-good story as a longshot bet who has two top-fives this season to go with his first PGA Tour victory at the Valero Texas Open.
NEXT WEEK: U.S. Open, Pebble Beach, Calif.

LPGA TOUR

Jeongeun Lee6
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

LAST TOURNAMENT: U.S. Women’s Open (Jeongeun Lee6)
THIS WEEK: ShopRite LPGA Classic, June 7-9
Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Bay Course, Galloway, N.J. (Par 71, 6,217 yards)
Purse: $1.75 million (Winner: $252,500)
Defending champion: Annie Park
Race to the CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko
Television: Friday, noon-2:30 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
NOTES: This event was first held in 1986 and returned to the schedule in 2010 following a three-year hiatus. … Park shot a final-round 8-under 63 to beat Sakura Yokomine by one stroke for her first LPGA Tour victory last year. … Canadian Brooke Henderson has six top-10 finishes in 11 starts this season, tied for the Tour lead. … Lexi Thompson is making her first start in the event since 2015. … This is the third of 12 consecutive weekends with an LPGA Tour event, culminating in the Ladies Scottish Open in August.
NEXT WEEK: Meijer LPGA Classic, Grand Rapids, Mich.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Colin Montgomerie
Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

LAST TOURNAMENT: Principal Charity Classic (Kevin Sutherland)
THIS WEEK: Mastercard Japan Championship, Narita-shi, Chiba, Japan, June 7-9
Narita Golf Club-Accordia Golf (Par 72, 7,140 yards)
Purse: $2.5 million (Winner: $400,000)
Defending champion: Colin Montgomerie (2017)
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron
Television: Thursday, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday 12:30-3 a.m. (All times Golf Channel)
NOTES: Montgomerie’s victory punctuated the first official PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament in Japan. … Scott Parel is coming off a playoff loss last week and posted a T10 in the event two years ago. … Jerry Kelly has gone 40 holes without a bogey and has four T5s in his past five starts. … Kobe, Japan, native Ken Tanigawa won the Senior PGA Championship two weeks ago and is second on the Charles Schwab Cup money list.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: American Family Insurance Championship, Madison, Wis., June 21-23
–Derek Harper (@DerekAHarper), Field Level Media

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